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RE: natural language checkpoint for WCAG2 GL1

From: gregory j. rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 21:13:41 -0400
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
aloha, gregg!

while i'm not sure that, in this instance, a one-sentence distillation of my
2 sentence proposal would be any clearer, and since--as you all too well
know--terseness isn't exactly my strong suit, i may not be the right person
to ask to whittle my proposal down, but here goes anyway...

submitted for your (collective approval) are 2 re-iterations of my original
proposal, which i have also included here, marked as PROPOSED1:

Define the natural language of each document. Indicate changes in the
natural language declared for a document using appropriate markup.

Using appropriate markup, define the natural language of each
document, indicating any changes.

Define the natural language of each document, and indicate any
changes within the document, using appropriate markup.

personally, if i had to choose, i'd choose PROPOSED2 -- the more i re-listen
to it, the more it allays my initial reluctance about combination of the 2
requirements into a single statment, especially as i don't think you have to
be a loose constructionist to read PROPOSED2 as extending to the indication
of changes in natural language as a result of user activity, such as, say,
following a link whose target resource has been referentially marked, using
an 'hreflang'-type mechanism, as being encoded in a different natural

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
                                                -- George Santayana
Gregory J. Rosmaita, oedipus@hicom.net
Received on Thursday, 17 May 2001 21:12:22 UTC

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